The remains of the late Cardinal Connell at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Faithful told that the late prelate ‘became archbishop at a difficult time in this diocese’

The remains of Cardinal Desmond Connell are received at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

History is made as two archbishops receive cleric’s remains

‘I am as human as any of you . . . it is the issue which has devastated my period of office,’ Desmond Connell said in Maynooth on April 8th, 2002 . Photograph: Donal Doherty/PA Wire

Patsy McGarry looks at the career of the former Archbishop of Dublin

The Garda is open to accusations that, particularly at senior level, some within still believe they enjoy an immunity unique in Irish life. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

From the ‘heavy gang’ to Maurice McCabe, questions on accountability persist

Fr Iggy O’Donovan said it was “a great pity that in Irish Catholicism the only sin was sex” as “there are few greater positives than a good confessor”. Photograph: Getty Images

Remarks counter clergy at Galway novena who suggested practice making a comeback

Most of us would happily have exchanged places with our classmate the Protestant

Cistercian College is just one of two remaining boys’ boarding-only schools in the country. Photograph: Courtesy of Wikipedia

Top Catholic college in Offaly to call time on vocation as enrolment dips 45% in 10 years

Fr Tim Hazelwood who was falsely accused of abuse: “As a priest everything revolves around your good name. The shame is a huge thing. Shame, helplessness and powerlessness”

‘I understand why people, including clergy, take their own lives in situations like that’

“Day after day we learn of failures, of systems which are not responding to needs, of a two-tier system whose negative effects disproportionately strike the poor, the isolated and the elderly”

Diarmuid Martin says culture of care will never flourish in a climate of bureaucracy

Baptism barrier: just 1.2 per cent of children who enrolled at schools in Greater Dublin had been refused admission for a reason relating to baptism certificates. Photograph: E+/Getty

Are parents struggling to get their unbaptised children into Ireland’s schools? Not according to primary principals

Of the 384 schools who responded to the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association survey, “only 17 schools refused enrolment for a reason relating to Baptism certificates”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Survey by Catholic primary schools group shows 95% take everyone who applies

Rev Noble McNeely: served in  the Antrim congregation of First Ballymoney  for 13 years

Co Down native who replaces Rev Dr Frank Sellar will be installed in Belfast on June 5th

Former president Mary McAleese: “The Dean of Waterford cathedral has taken a timely, simple but profound initiative which I hope will be copied by many churches throughout Europe and other parts of the world.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Mary McAleese to launch ‘Joy of Bells’ initiative protesting against anti-immigrant mood

Kate Tobin, a former nun who is living with multiple sclerosis, at her home in Clonroche, Co Wexford. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Kate Tobin, suffering from multiple sclerosis, is embarking on a book-reading fundraiser

Amal and George Clooney attend a Leaders’ Summit for Refugees at the United Nations General Assembly in New York last September. She has been nominated for the Tipperary Peace Prize.  Photograph: Peter Foley/Getty Images

Other nominees include Fr Patrick Devine, Martin McGuinness and Amnesty Ireland

The Church of the Annunciation in Finglas, Co Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Finglas church to be knocked down to make way for a smaller centre

The Church of the Annunciation in Finglas West, Co Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Background: The landmark Church of the Annunciation in Dublin faces several issues

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “I hope that [Enda Kenny] will be as courageous and frank when he goes to visit president Trump.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Hopes Taoiseach will be ‘courageous and forthright’ on refugees when meeting Trump

A woman poses for a photograph beside a piece of street art, by artist ADW, lampooning US president Donald Trump in the Temple Bar area of Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

US pre-clearance at Irish airports to be reviewed, and Kenny's US visit to go ahead

Former Irish president Mary McAleese: “We expect better from the man who inherits this phrase, the leader of the free world.” File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Meeting Trump would allow ‘free and frank discussion’ on travel ban, says ex-president

Dr Ali Selim of the Clonskeagh mosque in south Dublin described the President’s actions since assuming office as being ‘not only anti-Muslim but anti-everything. He is very much pro-confrontation at all levels.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Spokesman for Clonskeagh mosque says ban gives ‘platform to a lot of racist behaviour’

Bishop Denis Nulty: “There are pupils attending our Catholic schools of every creed and none, from every continent and every social class”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dr Denis Nulty speaks ahead of plan to speed up transfer of patronage to secular bodies

At the National Holocaust Memorial Day service in the Mansion House, Dublin,  on Sunday  night were second World War veteran Albert Sutton, who was at the liberation of Bergen/Belsen, and Holocaust survivor Suzi Diamond. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Mary McAleese says US controls mean ‘we obviously haven’t remembered enough’

New generation: 18-year-old Aisha Siwar, 17-year-old Hannah Abushaban, 21-year-old Marwan Akari and 19-year-old Yara Alagha. Photographs: Alan Betson

We ask a group about their experiences of racism, acceptance and Irishness

Fr Tony Flannery who celebrated Mass for his 70th birthday at the east Galway Killimordaly Community Centre in breach of a 2012 ban by the Vatican on his public ministry: “I feel free of the institution.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Banned priest: ‘It’s all falling apart so fast; it’s collapsing rapidly. Some say it’s too late’

Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Claim management and Department have failed to engage with compensation issues

The protesters called on Archbishop Michael Jackson to urgently respond to allow a speedy resolution of the issues. Photograph: Darryl Mooney

After 200 years Rathmines college of education closure occurred with one day’s notice

Msgr Fernando Ocáriz Braña (72) succeeds Bishop Javier Echevarría Rodríguez (84), who died in Rome last month

Prelature founded in Spain has 94,000 members, one-third of which are celibate laity

Rajan Zed: referred to yoga as “a mental and physical discipline, for everybody to share and benefit from”.

Welcome is two years after Derry priest warned of ‘slippery slope from yoga to Satan’

Rev Bill Mullally: “Northern Ireland politics will be the poorer.”

Rev Bill Mullally acclaims former deputy first minister’s ‘courage and bridge-building’

In a word . . . Trump

In a word . . . Mary

The funeral of TK (Ken) Whitaker at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Influential civil servant’s son pays tribute to ‘wonderful father and great patriot’

Ballaghaderreen’s Market Square: For more than three decades the town has had a significant Muslim population. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Giving platform to naysayers would have sown division in welcoming town

Fr Tony Flannery was disciplined by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) for views he expressed on Catholic teachings in 2012, the year prior to Pope Francis’s election. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Kenny took letter from priest, suspended for views on Catholic teachings, to pope during visit

Martin Luther statue in Wittenberg, Germany:  what he intended as the beginning of a theological dialogue in 1517 set in train events that have shaped the world  today. Photograph: iStock

Alone in northern Europe, Ireland remained Catholic following Luther’s revolution

Hello dear, sweet baby 2017 and are we happy to see you.
In a word . . .

. . . Baby

Christmas shoppers on Henry Street. Four youths were arrested in Dublin city centre following public order incidents last St Stephen’s Day. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

DPP to consider charges over disturbances in Henry Street area on St Stephen’s Day

A view of US Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. File photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

New study finds that Capitol Hill does not reflect religious composition of America

The funeral of Frank Murray  at Mount Argus, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘I can’t grasp how someone so full of love and such massive zest for life can be gone’

Millions pumped into Ireland’s universities, North and South, by Atlantic Philanthropies

A direct provision centre in Galway. New procedures to speed up applications for asylum should significantly cut the length of time asylum-seekers spend in direct provision centres.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Streamlined system aims to cut length of time applicants spend in direct provision

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin welcomes President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina on their arrival for  World Day of Peace Mass in St Theresa’s Church,  Clarendon St,  Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: John McElroy

Diarmuid Martin urges halt to gangland violence and warns of increase in stabbings

How could Leonard Cohen be expected to sing Hallelujah one more time in a world now so sucked dry of joy in this past and passing year
In a word . . . Truth

What has been a greater tragedy in 2016 than the death of Truth?

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Dr Michael Jackson, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Archbishop Michael Jackson says Ireland took Somme back into its identity in 2016

Such shocking encouragement of lying to children was bad but that it should be published bordered on the scandalous

I saw Santa’s teeth marks in the Christmas cake and his footprints in ashes beside our fire

Migrants stranded at the Greek port of Chios. “Our fullest identity is found in our being children of God, an identity we share with everyone on this planet.” Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

More fact-checking needed in our ‘post-truth society’, says religious minister

Ciara Glennon (27), whose body was found in a bush grave in Perth, Western Australia,  in 1997. Police have charged a man with the abduction and murders 20 years ago of three women, including Ms Glennon. Photograph: Reuters

Ciara Glennon (27), of Irish parentage, in Ireland a short time before death

St Nicholas of Myra, said to be the inspiration for Santa Claus, as visualised after facial reconstruction by scientists in Liverpool

Researchers in Liverpool use facial reconstruction to produce image of St Nicholas

Attending the Dublin City Interface Forum were (left to right) the Very Rev Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin; Dr Jasbir Singh Puri; Dr Ali Al-saleh; Sheikh Jamell Mutoola; Sheikh Hussein Halawa; and Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr Brendan Carr. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Lord Mayor calls for people to take in Syrian families as they are ‘our brothers and sisters’

The Luas works barriers in front of St Anne’s Church in Dawson Street, Dublin. The Black Santa appeal has taken place at the church annually for the past 15 years.

Canon says he was assured Dawson St church barriers would be gone before appeal

 President Michael D Higgins with Br  Kevin Crowley during a visit to the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin’s Smithfield. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Michael D Higgins visited homeless centre run by Br Kevin Crowley in Smithfield

File photograph of the Headmaster’s house at the King’s Hospital, in Palmerstown, Dublin. A girl (14)  was removed from the school by her mother because of alleged intimidation.

Mother says her daughter (14) was intimidated after she complained of harassment

 Members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra joined the ‘Black Santa’ fundraising appeal at St Ann’s Church on Dawson Street in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

St Ann’s Church says it was told Dawson Street barrier would be gone before fundraiser

All advertisements contained the line: ’The Only Place You Get To Choose Your Network, Phone and Plan. Carphone Warehouse’

Words in adverts similar to those used by campaign to repeal Eighth Amendment

Msgr Hugh Connolly’s period as president of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, has not been without incident

Facility advertises for priest of ‘good standing’ aged over 35 to replace Msgr Hugh Connolly

The Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh, Co Dublin: It is estimated that Ireland’s Muslim population currently stands at approximatly 70,000, of whom 2,000 are said to be doctors. Photograph:Cyril Byrne

Jews better educated globally than other key religious groups, Pew Research Centre finds

File photograph of Opus Dei leader Bishop Javier Echevarría Rodríguez, who has died aged 84.

The Catholic bishop died in Rome after being hospitalised due to a lung infection

 Former Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh Gerard Clifford resigned for health reasons in 2013

Archbishop pays tribute to ‘one of the great figures of the ecumenical movement’

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: said Pope Francis “stresses the role of the church in accompanying men and women on the journey of married and family life”. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

Diarmuid Martin says offering black-and-white answers will not solve marital issues

Dermot O’Leary, whose  parents moved to London  from Wexford: “I’m very proud of my Irish heritage. We want and need the Irish community to support this important work for the Irish in most need.” Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

London Irish Centre asks people to contact overseas relatives they have not seen for years

Archbishop Eamon Martin predicts a very different role for clergy in Irish parishes. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Priests and bishops will have to ‘let go’ as lay people become the new centre of gravity

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone being guided through a migrant camp in Athens by  Luke Feeney, deputy head of mission of the Irish Embassy in Greece. Photograph: Twitter

Ministers will witness effects of country’s migration crisis and assess progress to date

Document also emphasises the need for dioceses  to guard against admitting potential sex abusers to the priesthood. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/EPA

New document reiterates position outlined following election of Pope Benedict in 2005

Diocesan director of safeguarding Andrew Fagan said the continuing decline meant the service could give more time  to ensuring the creation and maintenance of safe environments for children

Settlements cost archdiocese €22.4 million to date, including legal fees of €7.2 million

In a Word . . . Nobel

Bowing before Bob Dylan

The bishops said there is “no such thing as a human life without value”.

No logical or scientific basis for considering unborn child to be a non-person, say prelates

Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation: hosted ‘Milestones on a Journey of Hope’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Signatories at Glencree meeting include Christian, Muslim and Jewish representatives

The Catholic bishops have expressed deep concern at the growing level of homelessness across Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

People sleeping on streets contrary to social teaching of Church and should be ‘eradicated forever’

Chairman of the Save Roscommon group Tony Ward in Februrary. A proposal to change to boundary with Westmeath has met with fierce opposition in Roscommon. File  photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Athlone border review finds area west of town may need to be subsumed into Westmeath

Gena Heraty and Maeve Bracken, who work at an orphanage in Haiti: Ms Heraty will receive an award this week from Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Gena Heraty has been a lay missionary in Haiti for 23 years, caring for disabled children

The founders of the charity Concern Worldwide John and Kay O’Loughlin Kennedy at a reception hosted by the president in Áras an Uachtaráin in 2008. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Kay O’Loughlin Kennedy set up humanitarian agency with her husband in 1968

It is understood that   as many as four boys may have filmed some of the events surrounding the alleged attack on their phones. These were confiscated by the school authorities. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Gardaí say it is too early to know if anyone frustrated case being reported sooner

Up to 15 pupils gathered in dormitory when alleged hockey stick incident occurred


The headmaster’s house, Brooklawn House, at the King’s Hospital school in Palmerstown, Dublin

King’s Hospital ignored legal advice to immediately tell authorites about allegation

The headmaster’s house, Brooklawn House, at the King’s Hospital in Palmerstown, Dublin.

Church of Ireland governors express ‘sincere concern’ for 13-year-old boy and his family

Bishop of Meath and Kildare Pat Storey, one of the board of governors at the school.

Investigations by gardaí and Tusla into alleged incident at King’s Hospital School

 The Headmaster’s house, Brooklawn House at the King’s Hospital, in Palmerstown.

Garda, Tusla examine claim student attacked with hockey stick at King’s Hospital school

Pope John Paul II in Ireland: in 1979 more than a million people came to see the Pope in Phoenix Park

August 2018 trip likely to include Northern Ireland but all details yet to be worked out

Minister for Transport Shane Ross (left) with  Taoiseach Enda Kenny  at the launch of the Uefa Euro 2020 Host City Logo launch   in  Dublin last week. The Minister has confirmed Mr Kenny waved a copy of the Constitution at him during a Cabinet discussion on neutrality.  File photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

Minister for Transport describes exchanges with Taoiseach as having been ‘very robust’

The Association of Catholic Priests  has  welcomed the papal visit “as an opportunity to engage with the issue of the ‘silencing’ of five of our priest-members”. File photograph: Getty Images

Association of Catholic Priests: Visit may be way to address issue of disciplined members

An injured Syrian girl lies on a stretcher outside a hospital in   Aleppo. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty

Doctors in party claim sanctions are killing more Syrian children than Islamic State

Maeve Walsh: impressed the judges with a dish of Kerry hill lamb. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Maeve Walsh (23), one of six finalists, will now work at Michelin star restaurant in UK

Participants at  the world record breaking ‘Geansaí Nollag’ 2016 challenge  on O’Connell Street.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Participants in Geansaí Nollag event up 25% as O’Connell Street lights switched on

Card games where a trump is a good thing

Former Clerys workers stage protest  outside the store in O’Connell Street, Dublin. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Siptu members demand justice for ex-staff at entrance to the Dublin department store

Colin Flinn: “Exploring the possibility of setting up a support network for LGB&T people over 18”

Group to be modelled on similar in Church of Ireland and Methodist Church

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin at the Crosscare food bank talking with foodbank manager Valerie Cummins in 2013. File photograph: John McElroy

Diarmuid Martin asks Dubliners to give to Crosscare food banks as demand increases

Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, Michael Jackson, in 2013 said the church opposed abortion but acknowledged there were cases of “strict and undeniable medical necessity” where it should be an option. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Church says complex issue ‘more suitably addressed through nuanced legislation’

Tony Ward, chairperson of the Save Roscommon campaign, in front of a sign welcoming drivers to Co Roscommon after driving over the bridge on the N4, a crossing point from Westmeath to Roscommon. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Proposal to move 30 sq km of the south county into Co Westmeath rejected by review

President Michael D Higgins and delegates from the Wolrd Jewish Congress at a reception at Áras an Uachtaráin.

Michael D Higgins hosts reception for delegates from the World Jewish Congress

The Central Catholic Library was founded in 1922 and has more than 70,000 books.

Central Catholic Library is in financial difficulty as usage declines

President Michael D Higgins with Imam Hussein Halawa during a visit to the Islamic Cultural Centre, Clonskeagh, Dublin to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the centre. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

President commends Islamic Cultural Centre in Dublin as it celebrates 20th anniversary

Pope Francis: “I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life.” Photograph: EPA

Pontiff: ‘Remaining only at the level of the law is equivalent to thwarting faith and mercy’

Pope Francis leads a Mass for the closing of the Jubilee of Mercy on November 20th. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

There is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach, says Pope Francis in Apostolic Letter

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